Matt Berninger and The National make some of the best ‘stuck in your head, in and out of love, train wreck’ music I’ve ever heard. And I should know, as I have basically mastered the same subject. The lyrics and music have the raw vulnerability of a still open wound, not yet clean. But if you don’t feel like getting too deep with it, their songs can just be a great melody, a hook and a moody soundtrack for a summer night’s ride.
From the Boxer LP:
The National – Green Gloves
The National – Apartment Story
The National – Start A War
From the Alligator LP:
The National – Baby We’ll Be Fine
The National – Daughters of the Soho Riots
The National – Karen
From the Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers LP:
The National – Cardinal Song
The National – 90 Mile Water Wall
The National – Lucky You
And seeing as both Bryce and Aaron Dessner are members of The National as well as pseudo-curators of the excellent Dark Was the Night charity compilation out earlier this year, here’s their contribution to that effort as both audio and visual delights (via Pitchfork.tv):
The National – So Far Around the Bend
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There’s two pretty excellent charity comps out recently. Dark Was the Night (A Red Hot Compilation) amassed quite a collection of exclusives tracks by the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Arcade Fire, Yeasayer, Spoon, Feist, Bon Iver, Cat Power, Sharon Jones, The National, etc. Sales benefit the Red Hot Organization which is a charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS. The Album is being released by 4AD.
Grizzly Bear & Feist – Service Bell
Spoon – Well-Alright
Yeasayer – Tightrope
The second comp is a bit more interesting. The War Child Organization asked some of the most revered artist in the last centure of music to pick one of their classics and a current band to cover it. Some of the resulting pairings are inspired:
Bruce Springsteen’s Atlantic City – The Hold Steady
David Bowie’s Heroes – TV on the Radio
Stevie Wonder’s Superstition – Estelle
The Ramones’ Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The proceeds from this album go to work with children affected by war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda and is being released by EMI.
Both are worthy causes for you to drop some cash on and get some great music in return. Just a thought.
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